What is harassment? Are you being harassed?

Posted on February 4th, 2010, by DrShaler

(C) Rhoberta Shaler, PhD
www.Rhoberta.com

MPj02274990000[1]Personal harassment takes place when a person who supervises, or is in a position of authority, exercises that authority in a manner which serves no legitimate work purpose and which ought reasonably be known to be inappropriate. It does not include action taken, in good faith, that falls in the purview of the employer’s managerial/supervisorial rights and responsibilities.

How do you know if you’re being harassed? Here are three key ways:

  1. A supervisor constantly belittles you with remarks like “You’re so stupid.” or “This is the worst work I’ve ever seen!”
  2. A supervisor treats you significantly differently from other people doing the same work such as being over-controlling, micro-managing, denying training opportunities.
  3. A supervisor makes demeaning remarks about you to anyone else in the organization.

Are you being harassed?

If you want ideas about what to do in your particular situation, I’m happy to help. You can schedule a session with me by calling The Optimize Center at 760.747.8686 in Escondido, CA. You can also request information about upcoming programs there.

If you generally want more ideas about managing communication, conflict & collaboration, subscribe to my ezine, The Rhino Wrestler, at the Optimize Institute website, www.OptimizeInstitute.com AND watch for upcoming teleseminars to help you with skills, strategies and insights.

I wish you well.
Rhoberta

Rhoberta Shaler, PhD
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